Flat Back Library Case Bound Book Bookbinding Workshop August 2017

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Aikido Decatur

104 Sycamore Place

Decatur, GA 30030

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Flat Back Library Case Bound Book Weekend Workshop w/ Anne Elser - Aikido Decatur

2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $200 | Min 4 / Max 15 | Sat/Sun Aug 5/6, 9am-5pm

This is a two-day weekend workshop. We'll be meeting on Sat., August 5th from 9am-5pm and again the next day on Sun., August 6th from 9am-5pm.

***note*** Eventbrite charges a fee to use their credit card services. To AVOID this extra fee, simply mail a check for $200 with the class/workshop name on the memo line to 408 Tuxworth Circle Decatur, GA 30033. Also include your email address so I can reserve your seat and email your ticket to you!

Flat Back Library Case Bound Book Weekend Workshop Description:

The anatomy of a book is fascinating, as are the personal adjustments one can make to create this decorative and functional work of art. A personal handmade journal is a vehicle in which you can fill your hopes and dreams, drawings, musings, sketches, lettering practice, and more. If you enjoy stitching, gluing, folding, drawing, painting, laughing, and the freedom to be yourself in good company, this class is for you.

Spend a weekend making your very own Flat Back Library Case Bound Book made of folded blank or lined pages and sewn together with needle, thread, “tapes” made of paper, and headbands. These tapes hold together the “book block”, and are then covered with several thin layers of bookbinding glue, to make the spine stiff and durable. At the head and the tail of the spine are headbands made from fabric, stitching, or paper. We’ll make ours out of paper and glue them at both ends of the spine, protecting the pages from wear and tear and from our fingers as we pull a book from a shelf. Most books in the library are made this way, to weather years and years of use from the knowledge hungry public.

The paper tapes are then glued to the first and last pages of the book block (section of pages) and then cut into flys or wings. These wings are then glued to the front and back chipboard covers and the hard spine is free to move underneath the protection of a chipboard spine, connecting the front and bacl covers.

The front and back covers are cut from raw chipboard and covered with imported handmade papers.

A functional, yet decorative work of art, it makes a great gift for you or someone who would enjoy filling it! This book is incredibly sturdy and because the spine is protected, you may include a ribbon bookmark as a final touch.

If you’ve made a Tape Bound Book, creating this Case bound book will be all the more easy for you.

We’ll take about an hour break each day to eat lunch somewhere in the city of Decatur (you may also bring your lunch) and by the end of class, you’ll be very proud of your first Tape-Bound bound journal. Anne’s workshops are meaningful, educational, enriching, and fun.

More information:

• $5 Fee due to the instructor on the first day of class or workshop.

Anne Will be bringing her dog to this class. If you have an allergy or phobia that she needs to be aware of, please email Anne directly. Penkitten@anneelser.com

Tape Bound Book Supply List:

Binders Art Supply (bindersart.com) is the best local spot to purchase supplies for this class and they will give you a 10% student discount! Anything that you can’t find there, can be purchased at John Neal Books (johnnealbooks.com) or Paper and Ink Arts (paperinkarts.com).

Supplies provided by instructor:

• 4-ply chipboard measuring guide

• Wet Bookbinding Adhesive to use the 1st day of class. I will demonstrate how to prepare your own adhesive so that you can use yours the second day of class.

• Pearl Cotton Thread

Supply list: (purchased separately by students.)

Many of these items can be purchased at Binders Art Supply in Buckhead or their Ponce City Market location. They give a 10% student discount and have a very helpful staff to help you find products.

Another source for supplies is Paper Source in Virginia Highlands or the Shops at Lenox in Buckhead.

• $5 supply fee to instructor payable the first day of class

• 8 oz. bottle of Sobo glue

• .25 inch wide ribbon for a bookmark

• 1.5 oz. container of Lineco® Pure Methyl Cellulose

• 2 Ziploc 16 oz. plastic containers with threaded lids (to prepare and store your glue mixture and methyl cellulose.)

• Lineco® bone or horn folder (real bone or horn, not plastic, please.)

• Paper for pages of your book. 40 8.5 x 11 sheets of text weight paper.

• Decorative Cover Papers (This is decorative handmade paper that comes in many different patterns, textures and weights. Common names are: Washi Paper, Japanese Decorative Papers, Kozo Paper, Yuzen Paper, Lokta Paper. Pick at least 3-5 sheets you like that are not tissue paper thin or too stiff to be bent without cracking, and that can withstand adhesion with wet glue. We will cover our boards with this paper and within the pages of your book for collage and binding. ) Binders Art Supply carries a beautiful variety of colors and patters, as does Paper Source. Below are a couple more links to some papers that would be appropriate.



• (optional) Paper from recycled vintage books, illustrations, maps or ephemera to collage with your other decorative papers.

• 2-ply chipboard or “book board”

• Beeswax

• Wax Paper

• Mechanical Pencil

• Exacto Knife & blades

• Self-healing cutting mat (at least 12 x 18)

• Lineco® glue brush or stiff & springy kiddie craft glue brush (at least one inch wide). Paper Source also carries a good glue brush.

• Non-slip metal ruler

• Awl

• Scissors

• Paper towels

• Work Apron

Optional Supplies:

• Chocolate

• Dog Treats

• More Chocolate

About Anne

After earning a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduate studies in Graphic Design at The Portfolio Center, Anne Elser began her artistic career as a painter, bookbinder, designer, and calligrapher. With over 20 years teaching experience, her students often report how fulfilling the classroom experience is, prompting both personal and artistic transformations. Anne's classes are also FUN and full of laughter. Students find the sense of community she inspires enriching and entertaining.

She currently teaches private lessons from her home studio in Decatur, classes and workshops year round at Binder Art Supply in Buckhead and at their Ponce City Market location, as well as Thursday afternoon classes at The Spruill Center for the Arts, and classes and workshops at Aikido Decatur. She also travels in the states and abroad conducting workshops.

Her work has been featured in books and magazines across the country, and for both private and corporate clients such as Tiffany&Co, Mont Blanc, Louis Vuitton, Paces Papers, Landor, Martha Stewart Weddings, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Clicquot Veauvé, World50, Ogilvy, and more.

Artist, calligrapher, teacher, mother, and friend, Anne believes making art creates a channel for truth and is a soulful reflection of the connections shared by all.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is an adult class. Childrens classes coming soon!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send Anne an email to: PenKitten@Anne Elser.com

What's the refund policy?

Refunds are not available at this time. (Exchanges are, though, in the event of emergencies or illness.)

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No, but please contact me personally if there is a problem such as an emergency or illness. Your ticket can be tranferred to another class I offer here through Eventbrite, but not a Binders or Spreuill or any other location.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. If you purchased this class or workshop as a gift, please let me know the name of the person taking the class when you register.

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